Hope and Grace

The week of March 16, 2020 will be remembered by us all, forever. This is the week we began to figure out how to work from home, realized we or our kids might not be able to attend school, or perhaps understood we might simply have to shelter in place. The week of March 16 is the week we also began thinking about new ways to worship, provide outreach, and educate our children and youth.

And here we are, more than a year later, still with a host of unknowns. Despite all of this, we remained together spiritually; we found ways to continue to be a beacon of God’s love in the heart of Charlotte. In the end, we found new ways to accomplish the necessary business of our church. All of you have made sure that St. Peter’s would continue to serve our community through social justice, outreach, and pastoral care. Most importantly, we never stopped experiencing God’s grace in worship.

I can tell you, few places of worship have the capacity or the heart found and felt here at St. Peter’s. And now we find ourselves looking forward with hope and grace.

Many things have occurred this year behind the scenes. Of particular joy to me, is the addition of Allison Elrod, St. Peter’s first Director of Stewardship, and new staff position representing the commitment our clergy and lay leadership to expand and nurture the role stewardship plays in our parish. Allison comes to us with a portfolio of work with nonprofits, including having previously served as Director of Advancement at the Choir School. Allison is deeply committed to the idea of holistic stewardship as an expression of faith, and a great resource to all of us as we discern how to offer back our blessings.

On August 29, we’ll come together to celebrate a Sunday of re-engagement. What does this mean? It means being together, welcoming new members and visitors, and inviting our community to think about the many ways they can offer their gifts in gratitude after a long year apart. This means time and talent for sure, but also an opportunity to make a financial investment in our life and shared ministry at St. Peter’s.

Officially, the Annual Giving Campaign for 2022 will begin on August 29, but I’m inviting you to join me in making an early commitment. Already, we’ve raised $160,000 toward our $960,000 goal just by talking with parish leaders such as members of the vestry, the stewardship committee, clergy, staff, and others. Will you join us by making an early pledge? Just think what it would mean at this particular time to begin planning a year of ministry, knowing that our parish family is already responding in faith to provide the resources we need to answer God’s call.

You can make your secure pledge today online at st-peters.org/pledge. You can also contact me personally with any questions, at 704-806-1709 or jburic@jmdlaw.com, or you can contact Allison at 704-749-6156 or aelrod@st-peters.org. Thank you for all the ways you already support the ministry we share at St. Peter’s. I’m looking forward to celebrating that ministry with you on August 29.

John Buric, Stewardship Chair